Don those fairy wings at The Big Fairy Picnic

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A fairies and elves picnic will mark the 11th birthday of Anna Hughes who died from a brain tumour aged three years and eight months.

The Big Fairy Picnic in the Park will be held on Sunday, at Burghley Park and is organised by the charity Anna’s Hope, which raises money to support children and young people with brain tumours.

Anna’s mum and dad Carole and Rob Hughes who set up the charity in her memory and to help other children and their families, are urging people of all ages, including whole families to turn up dressed as fairies and elves and bring a picnic.

Mrs Hughes said: “Anna would have been 11 this month. So this is a birthday party for her. We hope lots of elves and fairies will come along and support the picnic.”

The event is in its second year. Last year it set the Guinness World Record for the most number of fairies in one place after 786 fairies turned up.

Mrs Hughes said many of the little fairies, big fairies,sumo fairies and soldier fairies who made last year’s event a huge success had asked the charity to repeat the picnic.

The theme of the party was chosen because Anna, who died in 2006, loved everything about fairies and put on fairy dress and wings at every opportunity.

About 400 children in the UK develop brain tumours each year. In the seven years since it was set up Anna’s Hope has raised more than £850,000 which has gone towards research and support for children with brain tumour including a second nurse for children for three years. Since last October the post has been taken on by the NHS.

Mrs Hughes said: “We owe it all to our supporters. People realise how serious this condition is: It is the biggest cancer killer of children in the country. A lot of what I’m doing is thanks to the support of the community.”

Mrs Hughes said her motivation came from wanting “to turn a huge personal tragedy into something very positive for other children”.

The picnic runs from midday until to 4pm and entry is free. Attractions will include ponies, face painting, treasure trail and story teller. There will also be a best dressed teddy bear competition.

Fairies and elves will also get half price entry to Burghley Park’s Garden of Surprises.

Donations can be made by visiting Anna’s Hope stand at the event.

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